The Southern California Regional Rail Authority (Metrolink) has awarded a Talgo-SYSTRA joint venture a contract to rebuild up to 121 Bombardier railcars operated
by Metrolink for a total contract value of $138.9 million. The base order is for 50
cars with an option for up to 71 additional cars.

The scope of the work includes updating the control voltage and battery system (charger and batteries), lighting, trucks, passenger communication system, remodeling restrooms, providing overhauled HVAC systems that are ecofriendly, updating door operators and controls, repainting the exterior, providing new seat cushions and coverings and installing new floor covering. This contract aims at improving the reliability and appearance of the existing fleet of passenger cars while complying with current standards and regulations for the benefit and comfort the passengers.

The success of the Talgo-SYSTRA joint venture was built on the board-approved
criteria such as past experience, qualifications of prime contractor and
subcontractors, financial capacity, management approach to work, overhaul capacity, capability and schedule acceptability, and systems and component integration, testing and qualification.

Overhaul work will be completed at Talgo’s facilities in Milwaukee, with delivery of the first cars to Metrolink expected 450 days following Notice to Proceed. After the first 10 Talgo-SYSTRA cars are received, Metrolink is planning for the delivery of batches of five cars every 90 days. The 50th car is expected to be delivered April 2023.

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